“If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.” ~Proverb
On January 31, 1962, at a missionary boarding school for girls in Kashasha – Tanzania. Three girls started laughing uncontrollably, it didn’t stop with them as it spread throughout the school, affecting 95 of the 159 pupils.
These laughing Symptoms lasted from a few hours to 16 days. While teachers were unaffected, they reported that students were unable to concentrate on their lessons. But that’s not even half of it
The epidemic spread to Nshamba, a village where several of the women in the affected school lived.
In April and May, 217 mostly young villagers had laughing attacks. Earlier that month, the laughing epidemic spread to Ramashenye girls’ middle school, near Bukoba, affecting 48 other girls
Eighteen months after it started, the phenomenon died off. The laughter reports were widely accompanied by descriptions of fainting, flatulence, respiratory problems, rashes, crying and screaming.
In all, 14 schools were shut down and 1000 people were affected by the laugh pandemic.
Depending on who you ask about what caused the Tanganyika Laughter epidemic of 1962
You’d get the response that it was from a very hilarious joke told to the school girls that was spread(I would love to know that joke), demon possession(Africa..hey?), it was stress-induced as opined by Christian F. Hempelmann, then of Purdue University or a culture-specific epidemic hysteria as hypothesized by Sociologist Robert Bartholomew and psychiatrist Simon Wessely
It doesn’t matter where you stand, we can all agree that none of us wants to laugh so hard that we experience fainting, flatulence, respiratory problems, rashes, crying and screaming – Mbah.
But a healthy dose of laughter leaves you feeling super relaxed and refreshed.
The jury is still out to know if laughter is really the best medicine— or if it’s the apple a day that keeps the doctor away—or the covid-19 vaccine that you should take-but laughter is pretty great.
It medicates whatever pain or emotional distress you’re feeling and makes everything seem a little bit better and the world a lot less suckier.
Infact, when you do a quick google search on the benefits of laughter, you’d find so many but we are highlighting these 7 key ones for you
But how often are you finding reasons to smile or have a healthy laugh?
Always or never?…
Things could always be better but if you keep waiting for the right moment to have a laugh, you’d never experience some of the aforementioned benefits
This is why it is always healthy to “Laugh It Off”
It’s not always easy to just “laugh it off” when you’re going through a difficult time or something tragic happens. It’s damn near impossible.
But when you look back at some of what you’ve survived in the past, you can always see something in it that’s funny and it really does make you feel better. Even if just a little.
So next time you’re feeling blue—or, even when you’re not feeling blue—try out these 10 tips to get your laugh on.
When all else fails, studies have shown that even “faking”a laugh gives you the same benefit
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